Friday Night Lights: Week 10

The high school career of UCLA-committed cornerback Courtney Viney ends, while UCLA-committed quarerback Chris Forcier has a big game, and UCLA-committed linebacker Steve Sloan amasses many tackles Friday night...

This is a look at some of the top games this weekend that involved UCLA commits in the class of 2007, remaining targets in the 2007 class and players you can expect them to go after in the class of 2008. For most of the state, it was the final weekend of the regular season, though in some parts, the section playoffs began.

Game Of The Week:
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame def. Encino (Calif.) Crespi, 21-3
Notre Dame clinched a perfect season and the Serra League title in a dominating 21-3 win over Crespi, which also gives them the top seed for the Pac-5 Division. Junior defensive end Wes Horton had a pair of sacks to help control the Celts offense and junior quarterback Dayne Crist led the Knights on a time-draining drive that included a big 48-yard pass to (UCLA safety prospect) senior Shane Horton and Thaddeus Brown punched it in to make the final 21-3. Crespi fumbled on the opening play of the game and also had a touchdown called back for a procedure penalty, and had their chances. Crist and Brown added first quarter touchdown runs.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine def San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral, 31-23
UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier was 14-of-23 for 258 yards and one touchdown in helping the Saints, the defending D-III champions, clinch second in the Eastern League and get set for defense of their title. The Saints earned a first round bye and are seeded No. 4 in Division III.

San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa def. Scripps Ranch, 17-10
The Marauders clinched a perfect Eastern League season in knocking off Scripps Ranch in the final regular season game. Senior prospect Markques Simas had six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown and earned the #6 seed in the San Diego Section Division I playoffs.

Clovis (Calif.) def. Fresno (Calif.) Edison, 35-21
The prep career for UCLA's committed cornerback Courtney Viney came to an abrupt end in the Tigers 14-point loss to Clovis, but he went out with a fight, picking off a pass and recording nine tackles. Jerry Davis threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for the Tigers, who's season ends with a 6-5 record.

Crenshaw def. Locke, 21-2 The Cougars earned the #5 seed in the City Section as they begin defense of their City Section title. The defense, led by UCLA committed DT Brian Price and linebacker prospect Terrell Turner, shutout Locke, with the offense giving up a safety to comprise Locke's only points on the evening. UCLA-committed running back Raymond Carter rushed for 80 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the win.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty def. San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian, 22-18
Mitty lost a chance at the West Catholic League title but thanks to a strong non-league schedule earned a spot in the CCS Playoffs and finished off city rival Valley Christian, the defending champion from the CCS. UCLA's committed linebacker Steve Sloan, the leading tackler in the WCL, finished with 19 tackles and helped the Monarchs rally from an 18-7 second half deficit.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei def. Montebello (Calif.) Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 56-0
The Eagles didn't get the help they needed from winless St. Monica against La Salle to have a chance at a share for the Camino Real League title, but clinched the second spot from the CRL in an easy 56-point win over Cantwell. UCLA prospect Reggie Dunn and UCLA-committed Akeem Ayers returned for the Eagles. Ayers finished with 14 tackles including four for loss and had two receptions for 33 yards. Dunn had two carries for 61 yards and a score, two catches for 43 yards and a score and returned a punt 74 yards for a score. Curtis Wilson was 7-for-12 for 110 yards and two touchdown passes and had eight tackles. Maxwell Lacy had a 58-yard touchdown catch and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown (negated by a penalty) and had six tackles. Justin Edison had nine tackles (four for loss) and a sack while Jonathan Calhoun had seven tackles. Essex Johnson had three carries for 21 yards, two catches for 34 yards and five tackles, including two for loss and a sack. Sean Merritt rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.

Dorsey def. Fremont, 47-20 The Dons clinched an unbeaten Coliseum League title in convincing fashion, dominating Fremont in a four-touchdown win. By winning the Coliseum League, the Dons earned the #2 seed in the City Section playoffs. Senior prospect Dwayne Frampton was Sule Tate's top target and junior running back prospect John Roberson carried the load for the Dons, who were led on defense by junior safety prospect Rahim Moore and Ryan Johnson.

Corona (Calif.) Centennial def. Norco (Calif.), 36-34
Junior running back Ryan Bass had another monster game, rushing for 234 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries and scored the winning two-point conversion in overtime to enable the Huskies to stay 10-0 and stay in line for the Division I championships in December. They likely earned the top seed in the CIF Southern Section playoffs as well.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham def. Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real, 27-0
The Patriots wrapped up the West Valley League title by beating El Camino Real, thanks to another strong performance by junior running back prospect Milton Knox, who rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns in only three quarters of play. With the win, the Patriots earned the top seed in the City Section playoffs.

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft def. Granada Hills, 55-14
Resting senior Malcolm Smith to prepare for the City Section playoffs, the Toreadors used Jarrell Holland and D.J. Morgan, who scored five touchdowns between them on the ground, and the hands and feet of Jeshua Anderson, who had three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, to cruise to an easy win. Junior quarterback Exavier Johnson was 7-for-13 for 152 yards and three touchdowns for Taft, who scored on all eight of their possessions.

Alta Loma def. Upland, 34-17
Alta Loma scored the last 28 points of the game to knock off the Highlanders 38-17, and end their season. The win by the Braves gave them the third and final spot from the Baseline League into the CIF Playoffs. UCLA prospect Devin Mahina sat out the game for the Highlanders with a finger injury.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser def. Summit, 47-0
The Cats finished off a perfect Sunkist League season behind a dominating effort from their defense. Senior linebacker prospect Chris Carter added two more sacks to his school-record sack total and helped the Cats to their fourth shutout of the season.

Venice (Calif.) def. Palisades (Calif.), 48-13
The Gondoliers cruised to the Western League title behind the legs of junior running back Curtis McNeal, who ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass, giving him 37 touchdowns on the season. Venice earned the #3 seed in the City Section playoffs while Palisades is headed to the Invitational bracket.

Other Games of Note:
Darius Banks was 24-for-36 for 465 yards and seven touchdowns in Culver City's 56-56 tie with Beverly Hills. Raymon Judkins had 344 total yards and five touchdowns for Beverly Hills. Donovan Warren and Kenny Rowe both caught a touchdown pass in Long Beach Poly's 35-9 win over Lakewood, that clinched their 15th straight league title. Malachi Lewis scored two touchdowns and Josh Harrison scored one in Rio Mesa's 21-17 win over Camarillo that earned them the Pacific View League title. Despite Muir's Willie Youngblood having his worst game of the season, Lance Mitchell helped lead the Mustangs defense to a strong showing and Muir beat Pasadena 21-6 in the Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl. Todd Doxey had over 100 yards receiving, with 95 of them coming on a pair of touchdown receptions, a 65-yarder and a 30-yarder for the Cards, who beat La Jolla, 13-7. Marcus Darden had 18 carries for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Brandon Johnson had 22 carries for 107 yards and three touchdowns for Dominguez in their 48-35 win over Gahr.


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